Consider This Event: ‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ Shows the ’50s Was So Much More Diverse Than It’s Perceived

How do you even begin to reboot something as iconic as “Grease”? It’s no easy task, but “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” proves that it’s certainly possible.The hit Paramount+ series takes audiences back to the 1950s — even further back than the original 1978 film did.

Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson fell in love in the summer of 1958, but “Rise of the Pink Ladies” begins in 1954 as the girl gang that Bettie Rizzo would eventually rule is attempting to reverse their fortunes and rise to prominence in the halls of Rydell High School.

The series expands on the lore that made “Grease” so beloved, and adds origin stories for several of the film’s most popular songs — while introducing a new set of tunes that are modern classics in their own right.Attendees at IndieWire’s Consider This Event in Los Angeles on Saturday were treated to a…

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